Race for a better way to fund our emerging athletes

On the eve of the Tokyo Olympics, it’s been revealed many of our nation’s top athletes are facing severe financial hardship. Here Patrick Walker, CEO of our leading non-profit sports philanthropy and fundraising body, the Australian Sports Foundation, outlines the scale of the problem and the search for a new funding model. Read more…

Jun. 10, 2021   |   Patrick Walker


Philanthropy: The Continued Journey to Real Impact and Better Practice

Never has there been a more important time for grantmakers and grant seekers to better understand best practice and reflect on how we might do things differently to maximize impact. Read more…

Jun. 10, 2021   |   Liz Gillies


The best antidote to despair is action

This Saturday marks World Environment Day, to celebrate the beauty of nature, the role the environment plays in providing us with food, clean air and respite, and to reflect on what we are doing to our life support system. Read more…

Jun. 04, 2021   |   Daisy Barham


The next piece of the puzzle

Last week independent think tank, A New Approach (ANA), proposed that a ‘National Arts, Culture and Creativity Plan’ be developed to supercharge the industry’s recovery from Covid-19. The CEO of ANA, Kate Fielding, explains why the think tank has recommended this course of action and what the benefits would be. Read more…

Jun. 03, 2021   |   Kate Fielding


How philanthropy can increase its policy influence

The core mission of philanthropy is to be socially useful, addressing challenges that would otherwise not receive adequate attention. When choosing how to contribute to society, philanthropic individuals and organisations weigh up the value of treating the symptoms of a problem against the value of tackling the underlying causes. Tackling underlying causes often means philanthropy must seek to influence public policy. Read more…

May. 28, 2021   |   Heather Little and Professor Michael Mintrom


A replicable model of Collaborative philanthropy for systemic change

We need systemic change to address intractable social problems, and systemic change is hard to achieve. It requires innovation and collaboration to meet the complex challenge. Collaborative philanthropy is a powerful tool for achieving systemic change and offers an opportunity for philanthropic organisations along with stakeholder organisations to combine and coordinate their expertise and resources to provide large-scale responses to complex social issues. Read more…

May. 20, 2021   |   Deb Tsorbaris


Sustained effort needed to reinvigorate volunteering

Celebrations and award ceremonies are occurring across the country as we thank the nation’s volunteers during this year’s National Volunteer Week. As the week draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the health of volunteering in Australia and how well it has fared during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…

May. 20, 2021   |   Sue Regan


The vaccine deficit

The devastation that has been unfolding in India as the second wave of COVID-19 overwhelms the health system and infects and kills in record-breaking numbers is terrifying and heart breaking. India has recorded over 400,000 new cases in a single day and the highest ever daily toll of 4,000 people dying due to COVID-19; although it’s likely this is a serious under-estimation. Read more…

May. 13, 2021   |   Jennifer Tierney


Presenter reflections on 2021 National Conference Workshops

We asked some of our presenters to reflect on the Philanthropy Australia Conference Workshops, a diverse, interactive program that explored: what does the future need from us, now? Read more…

May. 07, 2021   |   Deanne Weir, Jody Barney and Jarrod Miles


Attendee reflections on Philanthropy Australia’s 2021 National Conference

We asked some of our members to reflect on the first part of the Philanthropy Australia Conference, What does the future need from us, now? Here is the result. Read more…

Apr. 27, 2021   |   Jo Garner and the team at Strategic Grants & By Kerry de Lorme, Executive Director, James and Diana Ramsay Foundation


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